LUMBINI, May 2: Transit points along the Nepal-India border in Rupandehi district are being sealed from this evening in view of the Nagar Panchayat municipal elections in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Nepal-India Belahiya border point and others are to remain closed from 6:00PM today in view of the local elections in neighboring India taking place on May 4. The transit points will be sealed 48 hours before the elections and will continue to be closed till 6:00PM of May 4, according to the District Administration Office, Rupandehi.
Rupandehi's Assistant Chief District Officer and Information Officer, Ramchandra Aryal said the decision to close the border for the election period was taken on mutual consent bearing in mind the sensitivity of the election. The border shall remain closed until the voting concludes.
However, essential services including ambulances, vehicles carrying wedding parties would be allowed to cross the border even during the period the border is sealed off, with coordination between the security bodies of the two countries, it is said.